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May & June.

Please call the number following each description to verify dates and times, as events are subject to change.

MAY 5-7


Blue Suede Cruise

Drive on over to the BancorpSouth Center and other venues for a weekend filled with a parade of classic cars, a slow drag race, restoration workshops, great food, and live entertainment. Call 662/534-2683 or see

MAY 5-7


Mississippi Traditional Archery's

Lofton Classic

In addition to an archery competition, this event features free evening entertainment and an outdoor sportsman's show. Call 662/226-2571.

MAY 5-27


Natchez Festival of Music

The city of Natchez will celebrate opera, Broadway, and jazz with a variety of events including a performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center May 12 and 13, "An Evening of Jazz: A Tribute to New Orleans" at Monmouth Plantation May 20, and plantation recitals throughout the month. Call 601/442-7464 or see



Okatoma Festival

This community celebration highlights the county's unique heritage and lifestyle with live entertainment, arts and crafts, a parade, a street dance, and a rubber duck race. Call 601/765-6012.



Market Street Festival

Sway to the easy rhythm of the blues in historic downtown Columbus with entertainers including Delbert McClinton, plus concessions and arts and crafts. Market Street after dark will feature live entertainment. Call 662/328-6305 or see www.marketstreet



May Festival

The Enterprise Woman's Club will host this third annual event that promises great food, entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of arts and crafts. Call 601/659-4693.



MudBug Bash

Come to Hernando's town square to enjoy Cajun-style food, entertainment, and plenty of family activities during this philanthropic event benefiting the Palmer Horne for Children. Call 662-342-7509 or see



Day in the Park

Mason Park will be the site of this event combining juried art, arts and crafts, food, children's activities, and a 5K road race. Entertainment will be provided by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra at 10 a.m. Call 601/649-6374 or see



Art for Heart

This gala event benefiting the American Heart Association will include live entertainment, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and a live auction of artwork donated by some of the region's finest artists. The evening takes place at the Oxford Conference Center. Call 662/238-2677.



Coterie Derby Day Fund-raiser

Sponsored by the Oxford Coterie service organization, this Kentucky Derby party benefiting the Powerhouse Community Arts Center will feature live music, ham and biscuits, mint tea, and other traditional Derby Day foods. Call 662/234-3160.



Raymond Country Fair

This annual festival includes races, an arts and crafts show, children's entertainment, a food court, live music, and Civil War living history demonstrations. Call 601/857-8942.


Rolling Fork

Deep Delta Festival

Celebrate the history of the south Delta and its roots in the blues with continuous live music, food, games, and shopping. Call 662/873-4354.



Dudie Burger Festival

Bring your appetite to this festival dedicated to the famous burger from Dudie's Diner. Live music, living history demonstrations, and crafts and games for kids are all on the schedule. Call 662/841-6438.

MAY 6-7

Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs Renaissance Festival

The only Renaissance Festival in the state, this event features medieval dancing, sword fighting, medieval villages, and a professional joust on the grounds of the Gulf Hills Inn and Resort. Call 228/872-5782.



Take a Tasty Bite Out of Crime

This annual fund-raiser for the Metro Crime Commission is held in association with more than 40 area restaurants who provide samplings of their cuisine at Highland Village shopping center. Call 601/968-9999 or see

MAY 11


Canton Flea Market

The historic courthouse square comes alive with more than 1,100 vendor booths during this always popular semi-annual arts and crafts shopping event. Call 601/859-1307 or see

MAY 11-14



The Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera's production of this fun and fast-paced musical will be held at the Saenger Theater downtown. Call 601/584-4888.

MAY 12


Pepsi Pops at the Reservoir

This evening on the banks of the Ross Barnett Reservoir combines music from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra with food and fireworks. The gates at Old Trace Park will open at 4:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Call 601/960-1565 or see

MAY 13

French Camp

Pioneer Day

Explore the history of this historic settlement while supporting the ministry of French Camp Academy. The day will feature pioneer-style arts and crafts such as chair caning and candle making, along with lots of food and acoustical music. Call 662/547-9464 or see

MAY 13


Catfish Races

Pond-raised catfish speeding along Plexiglas lanes make this one of the world's most unusual races. Call 662/378-3141.

MAY 13-14


Cellular South GumTree Festival

This outdoor celebration of the visual arts, music, and writing will take place on the Lee County Courthouse lawn. Call 662/844-2787 or see

MAY 18-20


Bluegrass on the Creek

This festival draws an audience from an eight-state area for free jambalaya Wednesday night and entertainment from bands from all around the Southeast. Call 601/876-5606.

MAY 18-21


U.S. Highway 11 Antique Alley

Find bargains and beautiful antiques at this 502-mile yard sale that reaches from Meridian to Bristol, Virginia. Each town along the route plans its own events, like festivals, antique sales, flea markets, and carnivals. Call 877/871-1386 or see

MAY 18-21


Tupelo Film Festival

Unique films and discussions will share the spotlight with live music and great food at this annual event at the historic Lyric Theater. Call 662/841-6521 or see

MAY 19-20



This music festival will feature local, regional, and national artists, plus carnival rides, games, and food vendors. Call 662/563-3126.

MAY 19-20


Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Country Music Festival

Remember the "father of country music" by enjoying live entertainment, a barbecue contest, arts and crafts, an antique car show, "Pickin' in the Park," and other events held in his honor at Singing Brakeman Park downtown. Call 601/482-8001 or see

MAY 20


Wagon Wheel Festival

This open-air festival at City Park will be a load of family fun with games for children, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food vendors. Call 662/489-3881.

MAY 20

New Albany

Down from the Hills Heritage Music and Folklife Festival

Held in the "Heart of the Mississippi Hills," this event features traditional Southern music at the Union County Fairgrounds. Call 662/5384)014.

MAY 20

Olive Branch

Moonlight Street Dance

Dance the night away under the stars at this old-fashioned street dance at Pigeon Roost Plaza in Old Towne. Call 901/517-2396.

MAY 20


Champion Hill Memory Ceremony and Book Dedication

Join re-enactors, authors, and musicians as they unveil a Confederate headstone in honor of Sid S. Champion, 28th Mississippi Cavalry. The event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Champion House on Champion Hill Road four miles west of Bolton. Call 601/953-4755.

MAY 20


Art in the Garden

Enjoy blooming gardens and watch artists at work in each outdoor setting during this Starkville Area Arts Council fund-raiser, which also features performances by musicians, dancers, and actors. Call 662/323-3019 or see

MAY 24-29


May Fest

One of the biggest events to ever take place at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center, May Fest will offer horse shows, dog competitions, live entertainment, car and stereo shows, kiddie rides, and carnival food. Call 601/583-7500.

MAY 25


Allison's Wells Fine Arts Festival

The Allison Wells Artists and Craftsmen Guild present an open-air art fair highlighting the works of 25 artists and craftsmen, plus music from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and fabulous cars at "Nissan on the Square," all at the historic courthouse square. Call 601/859-1307.

MAY 26-27


Atwood Music Festival

Spend Memorial Day weekend at Atwood Water Park, where entertainment will be provided by well-known artists Little Texas, Exile, Marty Stuart, and Billy Dean. Festivities also include tennis and golf tournaments, arts and crafts, talent contests, and a gospel night. Call 601/587-0045 or see

MAY 27


Bluegrass at Blue Bluff

This daylong celebration of bluegrass music will take place on the banks of the Tenn-Tom Waterway. Call 662/369-9440.

MAY 27-28

Long Beach, Pascagoula

Sounds by the Sea

The Gulf Coast Symphony will perform special Memorial Day weekend concerts in Long Beach May 27 and Pascagoula May 28. Both concerts are free to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Call 228/435-9800 or see

JUNE 2-3


Delta Jubilee and Barbecue Cooking Contest

Grill masters will compete while visitors enjoy live music, a carnival, arts and crafts, a pet show, a fishing rodeo, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, and fireworks. Call 662/627-7337.



Daylily Show

Join the Hattiesburg Area Daylily Society at this free flower event at Turtle Creek Mall. This year's theme is "Every Day is a Holiday with Daylilies." Call 601/268-3884.



Wister Garden Workshop

Start your summer planting season off right at this educational event at Wister Gardens on Highway 7. Gardening segments will cover topics from roses and herbs to lawn care and container gardening. Call 662/247-3025.

JUNE 3-4


Highway 61 Blues Festival

This annual downtown event will feature musicians such as Big George Brock, T-Model Ford, Willie King, and John Horton with Mississippi Slim. Call 662/686-7646 or see



Dairy Festival

The oldest and largest one-day event in the county includes the selection of the Dairy Festival Queen, baby contests, a mooing contest, turtle races, food, fireworks, and live music at Holmes Water Park. Call 601/876-2680.


Olive Branch

Old Tyme Festival

Take a trip to the past with old-fashioned arts and crafts, Civil War re-enactments, antique tractors, children's games and more. Call 662/342-0155.

JUNE 9-11


"Thunder on Water" Safeboating Festival

Join thousands from across the nation at this annual event at Grenada Lake, featuring fireworks, arts and crafts, helicopter rides, a rodeo, and a softball tournament. Call 662/226-2571.

JUNE 12-16, 19-23, 26-30; JULY 10-14

Ocean Springs

Waiter Anderson Museum

Summer Art Camp

The theme for this year's camp is "Remembering and Rebuilding: Life and Culture on the Mississippi Gulf Coast." Campers will explore a new aspect of the unique Gulf Coast culture each week, including people, food, nature, and architecture. For application information, call 228/872-3164 or see

JUNE 16-25


State Games of Mississippi

Two full weekends of action-packed Olympic-style games will bring together more than 5,000 amateur athletes. The opening ceremonies will feature the parade of athletes, the lighting of the torch, musical entertainment, and fireworks. Call 800/482-0205 or see



Music at the Mounds

Performers will showcase a variety of musical styles at this annual event at the Winterville Mounds on Highway 1. Call 662/334-4684.

JUNE 18-22

Holly Springs

Entomology Camp

Mississippi State University's Entomology Department presents a fun and informative camp for adults and youth over age 10 at Wall Doxey State Park. Campers will learn how to collect, identify, and preserve insects and how to make an insect collection. A second camp will take place July 16-20 in Newton County. Call 662/325-2085.


Bay St. Louis

Crab Fest

Spice up summer with helpings of crab dishes, other seafood, Cajun foods, and barbecue, along with arts and crafts, live music, and fireworks at this event hosted by Our Lady of the Gulf Church, 228 S. Beach Blvd. Call 228/467-6509.



Native American Pow-Wow

This celebration of Native American traditions includes arts and crafts, dance performances, and other colorful activities. Call 601/656-4098.
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